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Madonna and Saints
  • Bernardo Zenale
    circa 1464–1526
    born: Treviglio, Duchy of Milan (present-day Italy) ; died: Milan, Duchy of Milan (present-day Italy)
  • Madonna and Saints, circa 1495
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • tempera on panel
  • Canvas/Support: 129 x 63 cm
    Canvas/Support: 50 3/4 x 24 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Samuel H. Kress Study Collection
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, E5
  • 1960.0049
Label Text

Figures in an interior. Full-length female figure (identified as the Virgin Mary) center with hands at chest, fingertips touching. She looks up and to the left. She wears a blue cloak over a red dress and has a halo. Kneeling before her are two men. The one to the left wears a monks robes (identified as Saint Stephen) has a stone embedded in his head and blood running down. The man to the right (identified as Saint John the Baptist) is wearing a hair shirt and drapery and is holding a cruciform staff and scroll in his proper left hand. A monk in a white habit is far right behind Saint John. There are heads of figures surrounding the central female. In the background a pillared hall with a low ceiling of gilded beams.